Circuit Court Judge Gloria Clark Reno was unanimously elected by her peers on October 10, 2018 to serve as Presiding Judge of the St. Louis County Circuit Court. She is the first African-American to lead the 21st Judicial Circuit since it was established in 1815.
She succeeds former Presiding Judge Douglas R. Beach, who retired in September. Circuit Judge Michael Burton was elected Assistant Presiding Judge.
Judge Reno has extensive civil and criminal litigation experience and practiced law until her appointment to the circuit court. She served as municipal judge for the City of Northwoods from 1994 to 2002. Gov. Bob Holden appointed her associate circuit judge in 2002, and she was appointed circuit judge in 2009 by Gov. Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon.
Judge Reno received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Missouri at St. Louis and her law degree from St. Louis University School of Law.
She is a member of the Missouri Bar, Mound City Bar Association, Women Lawyers’ Association and National Association of Women Judges. She is a past member of the Missouri Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Domestic Relations Cases and was a presenter at the annual Missouri Judicial College in 2004 and 2005.
She participated in the St. Louis County Truancy Court Program from 2002 to 2006 and currently serves as a mentor to both high school and college students. Judge Reno is an active member of several public service organizations.
Judge Reno lives in St. Louis County with her family.